I just got back from my first 4×4 volleyball event and I sit here with ice on my knee. I won’t lie, I had so much fun, and the girls from all the teams played great. I have a very soft spot in my heart for the game of volleyball -- all volleyball. Indoor, 6 on 6, 2 x 2, and 4 x 4 beach. When it comes right down to it, I realize that, yes, I love winning (which we didn’t do) and competing. But it’s what the game has taught me, the life I have lived, and the relationships I have developed via sport that has had such a profound impact on me. Not that I hit a little white ball over a net, but rather what an incredible template sport has given me for my life.
For starters, I would have never been able to go to college if I had not received an athletic scholarship. That time I had at FSU really helped mold me into a responsible young woman (well, sorta). Then continuing a life in professional sports reinforced the notion that hard work and discipline really does pay off. The formula is not a mystery. If you are willing to work hard, keep learning, stay focused, and believe, you can achieve anything you are genuinely passionate about.
I played with Brooke Hanson, Keoa Burdine and Clare D'Amore. All the captains drafted their teams last evening and I thought everyone looked very fluid. Needless to say, and not to big of a surprise, Kerri Walsh, Lisa Arce-Zimmerman and their team were victorious. Kerri Walsh was working hard up at the net, and even though she just had another son it looks as if she will be ready to resume double competition any day now.